Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade Niall Collins TD has said that the decision by Israel’s High Court of Justice to approve the demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar underscores the need for the international community to redouble their efforts in relation to the Middle East Peace Process.

Commenting Deputy Collins said that “This latest demolition order which will see an entire Bedouin village demolished and its residents transferred underscores that the international community must do more to try and break the stalemate in the Middle East peace process.

“The reality is that the situation is deteriorating and the prospect of securing a two state solution is steadily diminishing. Unless there is a sustained and concerted effort by the EU and the international community I fear that the situation will very soon be gone beyond the point of no return.

“I am also acutely mindful of the gravely erroneous decision of the US administration to cease funding to UNWRA. This will in no way help advance the peace process and will only serve to increase the hardship and suffering being experienced by Palestinians who are already struggling in appalling conditions.

“The international community must now act and make a determined effort to compel Israeli and Palestinian authorities to commit to genuine peace talks.

“Central to this must be a commitment from Israel to desist from further settlements on Palestinian lands. This is essential not only for the people of Israel and Palestine but also for peace and stability in the wider Middle East region,” concluded Collins.